Published in North County Times on October 28, 2009
Herman Charles Reich,
91, died Thursday, October 22, 2009. Born Nov. 23, 1917 in Bell, California,
he lived in Fallbrook for over 42 years, where he worked as an avocado
rancher after his retirement from professional baseball in 1965.
He spent over 22 years in professional baseball as a player, manager,
and scout, including a season in the major leagues in which he played
first base and right field for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians,
and Chicago Cubs.
He proudly served in the United States Army and Army Air Force during
World War II. A lifelong athlete, he coached youth sports and was an
avid tennis player, golfer, and sport fisherman well into his golden
His love of baseball carried him to many Padre games, old-timer reunions,
and storytelling sessions with old teammates and friends.
Mr. Reich is survived by his wife of 13 years, Victoria Reich of Fallbrook;
son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Lisa Reich of West Point, New York;
daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jim Fleming of Huntington Beach; son
and daughter-in- law, Chris and Paula Reich of Etna; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m., at St. Peter's Catholic
Church, Fallbrook, on Wednesday, October 28, followed by interment at
Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery.
Herm Reich will always be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense
of humor, zest for life, and great love for family and friends. Sign
the Guest Book online obits.nctimes.com.